Mold Removal Guidelines

There are several groups or government agencies that have published guidelines on mold removal. They are:

  • American Conference of Government Industrial Hygienists
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Health Canada
  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • New York City Department of Health

These organizations agree almost unanimously on the following points:

  • Interior mold is the result of water intrusion or high humidity
  • Rapid drying of water intrusion is recommended to prevent mold growth (48 hours)
  • Fungal contamination of interior surfaces is unacceptable from a health/hygiene standpoint
  • Fungal contamination can cause allergic, infectious, and poisonous health effects
  • A single heavy exposure may cause serious health problems
  • Area/building evacuation may be necessary before/during mold remediation particularly if high risk occupants are present
  • Mold remediation should begin promptly upon discovery
  • Interior fungal growth should be physically removed
  • All mold growth indoors should be remediated properly, not just Stachybotrys
  • Porous materials colonized by mold should be disposed of
  • Remediation work should be conducted in unoccupied areas
  • Respirators and other personal protective equipment should be used during all remediation projects
  • Work practices and engineering controls should be used to minimize dust generation during remediation
  • Specialized cleaning procedures should be employed for dust with potential spore contamination

Black Mold is toxic and deadly. Any and all mold should be removed from the home for safety. Mold can destroy your home as well as your health. If you see any mold in your home, it needs to be removed quickly. The longer you wait, the greater the damage to your home and the health of your friends and family. Do not wait to remove mold.